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Extension of use of the Albanian language in FYROM passed in principle by the House


The parliament of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) voted in principle the bill to expand the use of the Albanian language.

In favour of the bill voted 66 MPs (coming from the ruling Social Democratic Union/SDSM of Zoran Zaev and Ali Ahmeti’s DUI) while 41 MPs voted against (coming from VMRO-DPMNE’s main opposition party, Nikola Gruevski).

Migrants plan to walk to border in protest march

Migrants living in Greece who want to travel on to other countries, many to join their families, are intensifying their protests. 

A group of around 100 refugees, mostly Iraqis and Syrians, traveled to Thessaloniki from Athens on Wednesday with the intent of marching to Greece's border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 

Migrants to march to Greece-FYROM border

Dozens of asylum seekers are gathering in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki following a call through social media for a march to Greece's northern border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to protest their inability to move to other European countries.

At Least 3 million People Worldwide have no Citizenship

At least three million people in the world have no citizenship, depriving them of identity, rights, and in many cases not allowing them to work, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.

Activists Urge Macedonia to Scrap Abortion Curbs

A coalition of rights NGOs, the Platform for Gender Equality, has urged Macedonia's new government, elected in May, to scrap changes made to the Abortion Law in 2013 by their conservative predecessors, which they insist undermined women's rights.

Macedonia Says Planned Register Won't Replace Census

Macedonia's new Social Democrat-led government this week tasked the Information Ministry with starting work on a register of the population.

However, this does not mean that the authorities are trying to avoid organizing a proper census, government spokesperson Mile Bosnjakovski explained.

Local Polls Pose Test for Macedonia's New Leaders

The campaign for the October 15 local elections in Macedonia will feature a mixed bag of local topics and big national issues, observers say - adding that the result will serve as an important barometer of the popularity of new course of the country following the change of regime at a national level.

Macedonia Opposition Demands Referendums on Migrants

Macedonia's opposition VMRO DPMNE party is pushing to hold local referendums on the same day in October as the local elections, on a supposed government plan to settle thousands of migrants from the Middle East in various towns.

Macedonia Plans Amnesty to Ease Pressure on Jails

Macedonia's new centre-left government, which assumed office in May, plans to pardon all convicts serving jail sentences of less than six months - and cut the jail terms of prisoners serving for less than five years by 30 per cent.

Protest In Skopje Against Albanian Language Bill

More than 100 people gathered in front of FYROM's (Macedonia's) parliament to protest against a draft law to extend the official use of Albanian language to the entire country, as lawmakers started debating the bill.

The September 13 protest in Skopje was organized by the nationalist organization Tvrdokorni (Hard-core), the World Macedonian Congress, and several other groups.

Anti-establishment groups protest at ministry in Thessaloniki

Anti-establishment activists belonging to the groups Libertarian Initiative of Thessaloniki and Rouvikonas entered the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace on Tuesday morning to protest Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's upcoming appearance at the northern port city's annual trade fair.

Migrant acceptance: Serbia 135th out of 138 countries

Iceland and New Zealand are the most welcoming countries for migrants, while the least accepting are Macedonia, Montenegro, Hungary, and Serbia.

A new Gallup's Migrant Acceptance Index survey shows Macedonia last on the list, while Serbia placed 135th out of 138 countries.